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Although Alberto Barbera opted to slim down the Venice Film Festival lineup when he was appointed artistic director last year, the world’s oldest international sprocket opera appears to be setting a particularly lavish table for its 70th-anniversary edition running Aug. 28-Sept. 7. While the only confirmed title so far is Paul Schrader’s crowdfunded Los Angeles-set noir “The Canyons,” set to premiere out of competition (with Schrader serving as jury president of the fest’s Horizons sidebar), speculation has swirled around any number of potential entries.
It’s a truism of the festival circuit that films that don’t play Cannes in late spring wind up at Venice, Telluride and/or Toronto in the fall. Two big prestige releases that seem likely to follow that trajectory are “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and “Twelve Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s period drama with Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
- Justin Chang and Nick Vivarelli
Welcome to the debut of my new weekly column ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: new superhero movies are announced (and expected) for the coming half-decade and they show evidence of growing story-worlds. Who’s getting full universes and who is joining the one active cinematic universe we already have?
Two New Phase III Release Dates
Disney and Marvel put their chips on the release date roulette wheel for two mystery projects last week. The new dates are after 2015′s Avengers 2, which puts them and Ant-Man squarely in Phase III: May 6th 2016 and May 5th 2017. The first week of May has been a Marvel sweet spot ever since Iron Man made that weekend Marvel’s week to launch huge movies or to culminate huge projects (both »
Today's 2014 Oscar predictions update to the Best Supporting Actor charts has also caused movement in the Best Actor charts as three of my Best Actor contenders are no more, two moving over to Best Supporting Actor and one looks like it's going to be a 2014 release. I have removed Michael Pena from the Best Actor charts because word is Diego Luna's Chavez may be looking at a late January 2014 release, timed to coincide with the late Hugo Chavez's birthday. This isn't to say an Oscar-qualifying run couldn't take place, but with the news circling, for the time being I've taken Pena out of contention. Additionally, I've heard Tom Hanks' role in Saving Mr. Banks is tiny and definitely not a lead performance so he's been moved over to the Supporting charts, which actually works in his favor given he's far more likely to stand a better chance for »
- Brad Brevet
Warning: Spoilers Galore.
By not simply rolling to "The End," "They all lived happily ever after," etc. after Frodo made a three-pointer chucking The One Ring into Mount Doom, Peter Jackson set a pretty bad precedent in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Every time it seemed like all was well and we were fading to credits, another five-minute scene would roll in. Toss in a few Oscars and you've got a bunch of blockbuster directors wanting to add 20 endings to their genre films, too.
With "Man of Steel" currently keeping people from validating their parking for way longer than they should, let's take a look at five recent flicks that just kept going and going and going ...
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)
- Max Evry
At their core, blockbuster films are known for being over-the-top, loud, and brash. Now You See Me is an attempt at making a smart one. Unfortunately, “summer blockbuster” and “smart” are rarely used in the same sentence. Now You See Me is no exception.
Has the time of the plot twist passed? Just look at what happened to the career of M. Night Shyamalan. Movies these days are more and more adapted from other materials, and audiences who have been exposed to these original media will therefore already know how the movie is supposed to end. Plus, movies that depict or are based on real-life events have become increasingly popular and tend to show favor from critics. Last year, for example, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty achieved both critical and commercial success despite everyone knowing exactly how they will end. Louis Leterrier’s latest film, Now You See Me tries »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Whedon delivered the news in a podcast interview with Empire;
“Everyone is going to be looking for the Loki-Hulk smash moment and you’ll be looking for [a quim moment]. First of all, imitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, Loki’s not there to say those terrible things. Although I do think we should bring the word back, not as an insult, it’s just a nice word.”
The decision not to use Loki in the next ensemble film makes perfect sense. Not only does this mean a new master villain will be used but likely a different kind of threat to the world. If Marvel had gone back to Loki in The Avengers 2, »
- Matt Robinson
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers 2, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, Arrow, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Teen Titans Go! and more...
And so, after an absence of seven years, Superman returned to the big screen yesterday with the release of Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated reboot Man of Steel, and despite a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Henry Cavill-headlined superhero epic is soaring at the box office. Man of Steel pulled in a mighty $21 million in the States on Thursday night (more than the midnight openings for The Avengers and The Dark Knight) and an estimated $45 million by close of play on Friday, »
- Flickering Myth
The Avengers 2 writer-director Joss Whedon revealed over the weekend that Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will not be featured in the upcoming Marvel Phase Two sequel.
"Immitating what I did before is the surest way to do it not as well. Second of all, and Loki is not there to say those terrible things."
Tom Hiddleston does return in Thor: The Dark World, debuting in theaters this fall, but it isn't known why the villain does not make an appearance in The Avengers 2. The filmmaker also confirmed a story from April that he has finished the first draft of the sequel, and that the rest of the Marvel's The Avengers cast is returning.
"I've turned in a first draft, but the story is very set. Everybody's very much on board with the exact movie I'm trying to make which is what worked the first time. »
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fischer, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman | Written by Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Ed Solomon | Directed by Louis Leterrier
When I write my reviews, sometimes I like to write a brief list of all the things I feel I need to mention. These could be general notes, comparisons to other films or jokes I want to put in. For Now You See Me, one of the notes I have written simply says ‘stupid stupid stupid’. That’s because I needed to make sure I sufficiently conveyed how stupid stupid stupid the film was. Because this film really is stupid stupid stupid.
- Jack Kirby
Fanboys and fangirls around the world today will need to look for four-year planners to save some important dates, because according to Hit Fix, Marvel has just announced they will be releasing new superhero films on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Hurray!
Just one problem: Nobody has any idea what the movies are actually going to be.
Does it even matter?
Of course, the first weekend in May has been a box office gold mine for Marvel since "Iron Man" first blew minds (and wallets) back on May 2, 2008. Since then, they've also scored mega-hits with "Iron Man 2" (May 7, 2010), "Thor" (May 6, 2011), "The Avengers" (May 4, 2012) and "Iron Man 3" (May 3, 2013). Plus, they have already slated "Avengers 2" for May 1, 2015. So it's kind of a thing.
Just what kind of a thing, though, is the question. 2016 and 2017 would seem to fall into Marvel's Phase 3, which is set to kick off with "Ant-Man" at the end »
- Scott Harris
At a screening of his new film, Much Ado About Nothing, BleedingCool got a chance to ask Joss Whedon about the slightly bigger movie on his horizon, The Avengers 2. Whedon's answer potentially revealed a plot point of Marvel's Phase 2... or rather the lack of one:
We’re following Guardians [of the Galaxy] at Shepperton [with Avengers 2] but we won’t be swapping cast members. Every movie is its own thing and has to be. Unless I take a lot of peyote and write a very different draft… and I’m not ruling that out.
The common assumption has been that James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, set for an August 2014 release, would set up the events that crossover into 2015's Avengers 2 - especially as chief villain Thanos has been speculated to appear in both. But with Whedon's reveal that the two films "won't be swapping cast members" and "every movie is its own »
- Oliver Davis
Us in Progress initiative to showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers.
The Us in Progress initiative, hosted by the Champs Elysées Film Festival, will showcase five features by independent Us filmmakers over the coming two days to some 30 European buyers.
The picture was among six recipients last year of a $300,000 grant from the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Other projects in that selection included Fruitvale and Short Term 12.
Also screening on Thursday is New York director Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns about a teenager who runs »
Now You See Me, 2013.
Directed by Louis Leterrier.
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
A mysterious figure brings together four of the best street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco). Jump a year later and they are now the Four Horsemen, one of the most popular illusionist acts around. During one of their shows in Vegas they use one of their illusions to actually rob a bank. This brings in FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol detective Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to find out just how they were able to pull this off. Even with the help of former magician Thaddeus Bradley »
- Flickering Myth
Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the years. I remember one day as a high school junior skipping class to go see The Object of My Affection at the local mall, a Jennifer Aniston rom-com in which Paul Rudd plays a gay character. I knew nothing about the movie or Paul Rudd (odds are that in 1998 if he were famous he wouldn’t have been playing gay), but the fact that there was a movie playing at the local multiplex with a gay character in it was enough to drive identification-starved me to ditch school. It was a formative experience at the time, »
- John Oursler
Everybody knows Aaron Taylor-Johnson can kick your ass. But did you know he can run away from said ass-kicking super-fast, too?
That'll be the case if a round of negotiations between Johnson and Marvel Studios pans out favorably for the actor, at least. According to The Wrap, the "Kick-Ass" star is the man Marvel wants to play Quicksilver in "The Avengers 2," the upcoming sequel to Joss Whedon's smash-hit superhero slug-fest.
There's no confirmation that Taylor-Johnson has landed the role just yet. But it is likely that the roles of Quicksilver and his sister, Scarlet Witch, will be filled out in time for Comic-Con in July. After all, ahead of the first "Avengers" film, Marvel assembled all of Earth's mightiest heroes on the Hall H stage to build buzz for their long-awaited epic. It was the first official reveal of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. »
- Josh Wigler
It’s customary behaviour in the 21st century to shout and bawl about all those movies that you want to see that aren’t getting made, but sometimes we don’t stop to consider that, hey, what if they’re not being made for a reason? What if there’s, like, an actual reason? You may have noticed recently that superhero movies are pretty big right now, and by “pretty big,” I mean they’re threatening to take over the cinematic medium in general.
Which brings us to the Hulk. You know him: big green guy, prone to violent outbursts. One of the most popular comic book creations, no doubt, and yet – perhaps more than any other Marvel superhero with a matching popularity – this character lacks a genuinely great cinematic adaptation. The last decade played home to a few admirable attempts, but did they work as fully-fledged Hulk movies? Were »
- T.J. Barnard
Pretty much nothing is known about the 2015 blockbuster. But Whedon has recently confirmed that the brother-sister team of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be in the movie. And now Deadline report that Marvel are reportedly eyeing Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role.
We are of course expecting the entirety of the original team to return, which we’re all hoping will include Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, alongside Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner.
Taylor-Johnson has been on the rise nicely in recent years, »
- Kenji Lloyd
According to The Wrap, the Kick-Ass star is currently the frontrunner for the role.
Director Joss Whedon is introducing two new characters to the Marvel sequel - twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, whose father is Magneto.
Marvel and Fox share rights to the Quicksilver character. X- Men director Bryan Singer recently cast Taylor-Johnson's Kick-Ass co-star Evan Peters as Quicksilver in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Marvel is currently negotiating with Robert Downey Jr to return to the Avengers franchise as Iron Man. Fellow cast members Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye are expected to return.
Watch Joss Whedon talk Avengers 2 with Digital Spy below: »
According to several reports, Marvel is seeking Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of Quicksilver in The Avengers 2. Most people will recognise Johnson from playing the lead in 2010's Kick-Ass and its sequel Kick-Ass 2, which is due in theaters in August.
Johnson's other credits include Nowhere Boy, Chatroom, Savages and Anna Karenina, and he is currently filming Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot, which is due out next year. It's also noteworthy that another Kick-Ass star Evan Peters - who dropped out of Kick-Ass 2 for American Horror Story - will also be playing the character of Quicksilver in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past.
To the best of my knowledge this will be the first time two different franchises under two different companies have utilized the same character in such a short time span. Who do you think will give the better portrayal? Let us know in the comments. »
- Flickering Myth
Last month, Joss Whedon confirmed that both Quicksilver (a.k.a. Pietro Maximoff) and his sister Scarlet Witch (a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff) will be a part of this Marvel Phase Two ensemble. Oddly enough, both Marvel and 20th Century Fox share the rights to these characters, whose father is Magneto from the X-Men universe. We reported last month that American Horror Story star Evan Peters is playing Quicksilver in director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently shooting in Montreal.
Quicksilver possesses the gift of superhuman speed, while his sister Scarlet Witch can control the power of probability. It isn't quite clear how these superhero siblings will fit into the story quite yet.
In related news, Marvel is still negotiating with Robert Downey Jr. »
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